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MacRumors
Aug 1, 2013, 11:38 AM
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http://images.macrumors.com/article-new/2013/08/Netflix.pngNetflix announced today (http://blog.netflix.com/2013/08/make-netflix-your-own-with-profiles.html) that it is opening up its new 'profiles' feature to all accounts, after a brief beta period. The feature allows families to assign unique Netflix profiles -- up to 5 -- to each viewer, with individual Recently Watched and Instant Queue lists.

As a result, families and married couples won't be able to 'ruin' each other's Netflix experiences by watching an out-of-character show that then significantly affects Netflix's recommendations. The iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV should all gain access to profiles "over the next few days."

Profiles began appearing (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/07/29/netflixs-personalized-user-profiles-begin-showing-up-on-apple-tv/) on the Apple TV for users in the beta earlier this week.
We've made it easy to add additional profiles, all you have to do is provide a name. Over the next few days, profiles will roll out on most Netflix devices, including the website, iPad, iPhone, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Apple TV, and newer Smart TV's and Blu-Ray players. We'll be adding additional devices like the Nintendo Wii and Android soon. For now, you can add more profiles on the website and the PS3, but you can select a profile on any of the devices listed above.U35oovbGEdU
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Article Link: Netflix Opens Up Multiple Profile Option to All Accounts (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/08/01/netflix-opens-up-multiple-profile-option-to-all-accounts/)



gibbz
Aug 1, 2013, 11:42 AM
This may have saved my marriage. :)

gleepskip
Aug 1, 2013, 11:47 AM
Visit Edit Profiles (http://movies.netflix.com/EditProfiles) while logged in to Netflix to set up profiles on your account.

johncrab
Aug 1, 2013, 11:52 AM
This is seriously cool! Now we don't have to sift through all of the Dr. Seuss to see a drama or action film. Very cool.

Intarweb
Aug 1, 2013, 11:56 AM
Visit Edit Profiles (http://movies.netflix.com/EditProfiles) while logged in to Netflix to set up profiles on your account.

How do you select what profile you're using when you start using a different device? I added profiles.

gleepskip
Aug 1, 2013, 12:07 PM
How do you select what profile you're using when you start using a different device? I added profiles.

For me, the only way to use different profiles is on the website. My iOS devices do not have that option yet, but apparently will be available in the coming days.

EDIT: After setting up the profiles, they are now available on Apple TV.

JAT
Aug 1, 2013, 12:10 PM
This is seriously cool! Now we don't have to sift through all of the Dr. Seuss to see a drama or action film. Very cool.

Geez, I don't care about that. What I don't want is to walk in and find my 11yo watching Scream, etc. And it looks like the profiles can have different parental settings, so that is excellent. I hope the iOS app has this soon.

John.B
Aug 1, 2013, 12:16 PM
Visit Edit Profiles (http://movies.netflix.com/EditProfiles) while logged in to Netflix to set up profiles on your account.

As near as I can tell, you can add profiles from the Netflix website, but the the only edit option is one for "This is a profile for kids under 12". I haven't had the chance to test yet whether that incorporates parental controls.

JAT
Aug 1, 2013, 12:19 PM
As near as I can tell, you can add profiles from the Netflix website, but the the only edit option is one for "This is a profile for kids under 12". I haven't had the chance to test yet whether that incorporates parental controls.

I did. It appears to save separately for each profile. Select a profile, then click Your Account at the top, then set controls.

SteveLV702
Aug 1, 2013, 12:33 PM
ah won't let me create enough profiles have 9 people in house but will only let me create 4 additional profiles for a total of 5 :-(

John.B
Aug 1, 2013, 12:45 PM
I did. It appears to save separately for each profile. Select a profile, then click Your Account at the top, then set controls.

But nothing to prevent one family member from simply choosing the profile of an adult? Hmm...

Intarweb
Aug 1, 2013, 12:51 PM
I'm guessing no, but, is there a way to make the profiles private? Can any profile see any profile?

Dimwhit
Aug 1, 2013, 12:54 PM
But nothing to prevent one family member from simply choosing the profile of an adult? Hmm...

Hopefully that gets addressed. For one thing, they need to allow a device to lock to a specific profile and not changeable without a password. Also, private profiles would be nice, requiring a passcode to access.

I'd like to see better parental controls on a per-profile basis. Looks like all you can do is indicate it for being under 12. Nothing more.

JAT
Aug 1, 2013, 12:58 PM
But nothing to prevent one family member from simply choosing the profile of an adult? Hmm...
Not sure. Back when I had 2 DVD plan, I had separate profiles for the 2 discs. And the sub-profile had a separate login. Don't seem to see that with these streaming profiles. And I don't see any selection choice in the iPhone, despite what the quote says above.

But it's not even fully rolled out, yet. So, I'll withhold final judgement for a few days and check it out more later.

John.B
Aug 1, 2013, 12:59 PM
Hopefully that gets addressed. For one thing, they need to allow a device to lock to a specific profile and not changeable without a password. Also, private profiles would be nice, requiring a passcode to access.

I'd like to see better parental controls on a per-profile basis. Looks like all you can do is indicate it for being under 12. Nothing more.

QFT.

This is the early rollout, hopefully they improve this as they go.

I was thinking that, since you have to log into your account on the website to change settings like parental controls, maybe they could require you to log in with the same credentials in the iOS app to change profiles. (Edit: Basically what JAT said above.)

Or even use a concept of "locked" or "unlocked" profiles (as an opt-out for those who don't care, or who might, for example, have more than one kid in the same age range using the same iPad).

JAT
Aug 1, 2013, 12:59 PM
I'd like to see better parental controls on a per-profile basis. Looks like all you can do is indicate it for being under 12. Nothing more.

Look at my earlier post. The "under 12" is a different form of grouping they do, a specialized movie/show listing, not so much a parental control, persay.

John.B
Aug 1, 2013, 01:10 PM
Look at my earlier post. The "under 12" is a different form of grouping they do, a specialized movie/show listing, not so much a parental control, persay.

Using an "under 12" test profile I created, it wouldn't let me watch an R-rated movie (though I could search for it) with the parental controls set to "Adult".

But it was literally childsplay to pick an adult (e.g. not "under 12") test profile, and started streaming the movie immediately.

cdavis11
Aug 1, 2013, 01:11 PM
This is a good day!

Had to click through to the edit profiles link posted earlier in this thread, but did manage to set up a profile for "Mom & Dad" and another for "Kids".

When managing the kids profile, you can filter by age level, which takes TV and Movie ratings into account. My girls are both under 12, so I set it for "little kids" which should filter things down quite a bit.

Went through and cleared out the cartoons from the "Mom & Dad" instant queue and all is well so far.

Adds an extra step to starting things up on the Apple TV, but it's worth it. Still doesn't *really* lock the kids out - my 7 year old could just click Mom&Dad instead, but she won't.

iHateMacs
Aug 1, 2013, 01:20 PM
Great, but the content is still lacking.

I cancelled my sub last month. 90% of what I wanted to watch was not available :-/

Nunyabinez
Aug 1, 2013, 02:24 PM
Netflix announced today that it is opening up its new 'profiles' feature to all accounts, after a brief beta period. The feature allows families to assign unique Netflix profiles -- up to 5 -- to each viewer, with individual Recently Watched and Instant Queue lists.

You might want to consider re-writing this sentence. I now know that you are saying that there can be a total of 5 profiles, but as it is written it can be interpreted as 5 profiles per viewer, which is not what is offered.

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For me, the only way to use different profiles is on the website. My iOS devices do not have that option yet, but apparently will be available in the coming days.

EDIT: After setting up the profiles, they are now available on Apple TV.

I'm pretty sure that for each device they will have to roll out a new client to bring the functionality. I use my TiVo, so I'm expecting a long wait for a new client. And maybe my Blu-ray player will get it first.

gleepskip
Aug 1, 2013, 02:42 PM
I'm pretty sure that for each device they will have to roll out a new client to bring the functionality. I use my TiVo, so I'm expecting a long wait for a new client. And maybe my Blu-ray player will get it first.

So sad that the TiVo is so slow to update. I used a Premiere until we moved to DirecTV recently. There are only a few minor feature gaps between the DirecTV Genie and TiVo. I owned the original TiVo and loved it; it was revolutionary at the time.

Bevz
Aug 1, 2013, 02:48 PM
Finally! This is pretty cool. Couldn't see the Edit Profile link on the main UK website, but altering the URL to /EditProfile took me to the right place... Profiles instantly showed up on Apple TV as soon as i'd created them. Cool :) Would be nice to be able to lock a device to a specific profile or have the option of a passcode (just a 4 digit one like apple does) for certain accounts (i.e. the adult ones!). Damn good start though! :)

seamer
Aug 1, 2013, 03:50 PM
How do I remove the stuff my kid has watched from my own profile?

Bevz
Aug 1, 2013, 04:07 PM
How do I remove the stuff my kid has watched from my own profile?

I had the same problem. I got around it by setting up the "initial" profile as the kids account, and i used one of the new profiles as my (adult) account. The initial account retained all of the kids suggestions etc, but the new profile i setup for me had no history or suggestions so was as new. It's not perfect, but at least the kids retain all their previous suggestions and history and i get to start with a clean slate!

iMikeT
Aug 1, 2013, 04:44 PM
This is great because I can now add all "questionable" content without the fear of embarrassment! :D

seamer
Aug 1, 2013, 06:25 PM
I had the same problem. I got around it by setting up the "initial" profile as the kids account, and i used one of the new profiles as my (adult) account. The initial account retained all of the kids suggestions etc, but the new profile i setup for me had no history or suggestions so was as new. It's not perfect, but at least the kids retain all their previous suggestions and history and i get to start with a clean slate!

That's actually not a bad idea. And on new devices it should default to the kid-friendly option automagically. Nice one.

asthamapheo
Aug 1, 2013, 07:17 PM
great! this was a long-awaited feature, i wanna thank netflix.

thefourthpope
Aug 1, 2013, 08:23 PM
20 min in and this looks great. I just set the taste preferences for myself and my 2-year old. Mom will get to do her own, of course. I can't wait for Lorax to leave my recently watched, and a curious George to get out of my recommendations!

This was a savvy move for Netflix in terms of discs, too. Right now we're on the one at a time option, but with separate profiles for the two adults, we're already talking about upping to the two at a time. Netflix will be getting an extra $4 each month from our household.

shurcooL
Aug 2, 2013, 12:55 AM
Visit Edit Profiles (http://movies.netflix.com/EditProfiles) while logged in to Netflix to set up profiles on your account.
Thank you.

mdhwoods
Aug 2, 2013, 06:53 AM
only thing it needs is the ability to pw protect the profiles and it will be great.

nepalisherpa
Aug 2, 2013, 09:42 AM
Yep, these profiles do not mean much if we cannot password-protect them. One can simply choose a different profile and watch contents.

neilk
Aug 2, 2013, 11:44 AM
Now we really need a Delete history option.

Roy Hobbs
Aug 2, 2013, 01:41 PM
The PS3 Netflix app now has the profile options.

DavidLeblond
Aug 2, 2013, 02:21 PM
I asked Netflix about how to get all the My Little Pony off of my profile history. They said there is no way to, just rate movies I like and within time the viewing history should push all the pink away.

kudukudu
Aug 2, 2013, 03:57 PM
what they really need is a streaming quality profile. On my all you can eat home broadband connection I want the highest quality. On my table/phone on a 3g/4g connection I want lowest quality due to data caps....

mdhwoods
Aug 2, 2013, 06:36 PM
Not on 360 yet

Plutonius
Aug 3, 2013, 01:08 AM
I wonder why the Roku is usually the last to get the updates when it is one of the more popular platforms that people watch Netflix on ?

marzer
Aug 3, 2013, 10:17 AM
I wonder why the Roku is usually the last to get the updates when it is one of the more popular platforms that people watch Netflix on ?

Probably will be a close second to get the update. Effort is probably prioritized by the most ubiquitous implementations. That would place iOS development (iDevices and Apple TV) at the top of the list.

http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2013/07/17/apple-tv-market-share/

Plutonius
Aug 3, 2013, 03:13 PM
Probably will be a close second to get the update. Effort is probably prioritized by the most ubiquitous implementations. That would place iOS development (iDevices and Apple TV) at the top of the list.

http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2013/07/17/apple-tv-market-share/

Actually, they said that the Roku would be last and updated sometime next year. As it is even without this improvement, Netflix on the Roku is behind most other platforms.

marzer
Aug 3, 2013, 08:04 PM
Actually, they said that the Roku would be last and updated sometime next year. As it is even without this improvement, Netflix on the Roku is behind most other platforms.

Yes. Implementation is no doubt being focused on the more popular platforms first.

glutenenvy
Aug 4, 2013, 01:23 AM
Sounds like an interesting idea.

Wake me up when there is something worth watching on Netflix. I meandered on through the crazy attempt to split off and rename service and 50% price increase. When large amounts of content I had in my queue disappeared, so did I.

SirHaakon
Aug 6, 2013, 06:32 PM
I'm pretty sure that for each device they will have to roll out a new client to bring the functionality. I use my TiVo, so I'm expecting a long wait for a new client. And maybe my Blu-ray player will get it first.
It works on the TiVo already, kind of. When you "link" your TiVo to your Netflix account for the first time, it asks you to enter a code on the website. Whichever profile you are currently logged in under on the website when you pull up the URL to enter the validation code is the one that will link to your personal TiVo. So you can have a separate profile (with separate queues) per TiVo box, but you can't switch between profiles on the fly. In order to switch profiles, you need to relink the TiVo to your Netflix account all over again.

milo
Aug 8, 2013, 10:36 AM
Multi users showed up on my iPad last night, didn't require an update to the app so it must have been turned on server side.

Hopefully they'll do the same for Roku soon and the rumors about not getting the feature until next year aren't true.

APlotdevice
Aug 8, 2013, 06:23 PM
Well we have multiple profits set up, but for some reason the "recently watched" list is only appearing on the main profile on the AppleTV.

jonetta
Aug 16, 2013, 07:00 AM
And I quote from a recent press release: "...Yellin described Netflix’s approach of having a separate kids area without a lock as “a well-lit cul-de-sac” that makes it easy to find kids-appropriate content without restricting access. “We don’t put up any high fences,” he said."

Here's a thought: WHY NOT LET PARENTS DECIDE WHERE AND HOW HIGH THE FENCE SHOULD BE? As a parent I find this attitude down right arrogant bordering on boorish. Does Netflix not hire anyone who is a parent to work on their software? Because anyone who is a parent gets this, stupid. I can see how if you're not a parent you would not understand, none of us did till we had children!!!! I canceled my account tonight. Profiles!!! What a joke!

John.B
Aug 16, 2013, 09:05 AM
And I quote from a recent press release: "...Yellin described Netflix’s approach of having a separate kids area without a lock as “a well-lit cul-de-sac” that makes it easy to find kids-appropriate content without restricting access. “We don’t put up any high fences,” he said."

Here's a thought: WHY NOT LET PARENTS DECIDE WHERE AND HOW HIGH THE FENCE SHOULD BE? As a parent I find this attitude down right arrogant bordering on boorish. Does Netflix not hire anyone who is a parent to work on their software? Because anyone who is a parent gets this, stupid. I can see how if you're not a parent you would not understand, none of us did till we had children!!!! I canceled my account tonight. Profiles!!! What a joke!

I agreed with everything you said, right up until the "I'm canceling" rant anyway. This is an improvement, I expect this to improve further over time.

In the mean time, I have parental controls set up at the overall account level, and my kids can't get to into inappropriate content no matter which profile they change to. I can see how people who don't want their kids to see what they have been watching might have a problem, though that's not an issue at our house.

As I said, this seems like a step in the right direction, and I expect the controls to get more granular over time.

AppleFreak29
Aug 18, 2013, 08:55 PM
Thank you Netflix for catering to our needs. No more SpongeBob and others intruding on my Warehouse 13 and Burn Notice themed shows. Not a good combination easily fixed. *Thumbs Up*

Droidrage729
Aug 19, 2013, 10:32 PM
I welcomed the change as I have several children who watch netflix. I hope they improve on it giving users more options. Maybe a simple pass code option to access content .